You absolute dingbat
Whether drizzling it over a bed of mixed greens or using it for a bit of zest in a sauté, Italian salad dressing has become a refrigerator staple for most of us. That's why we’re shocked to hear that we’ve been using it wrong this whole time.
Earlier today Gio Romanelli, Master Chef at the Italian Culinary Institute, took to the press to break the news: We’ve been totally misusing our favorite heterogenous mixture of herbs and spices. Though the concept of dressing vegetables in oils, vinegars, and spices dates back to Egyptian times, Romanelli explained that Italian dressing has followed a rigid tradition of consumption unique from most.
“Italian cuisine is about minimalism. Fresh ingredients, enjoyed in their simplest state,” said Romanelli, “That’s why you chew the salad first, and then swish it around in your mouth with the dressing.” Romanelli emphasized the ancient Italian “Three Glasses” custom: one for water, one for wine, and one for Italian dressing.
Yup, you heard that right. Veggies, dressing, then swish! Sort of like when you’d make chocolate milk in your mouth as a kid.